Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of Yoga that originates in the scripture ‘the Yoga Korunta’. Sri K Pattabhi Jois, who received his teachings from Krishnamacharya, passed it on widely to the West for over 30 years.
The main components of the practice are:
Vinyasa: Movement & breath are systematically practiced together.
Trishtana: 3 points of attention or the simultaneous practice of the following:
- Point of concentration / looking place
Another component is the core work which is the action of the Bandhas – these are energy locks that retain the energy generated in the practice. The Bandhas create lightness of body together with core strength and stamina.
The simultaneous practice of these creates a detoxifying heat in the body, makes the body strong and flexible and strengthens the nervous system.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system is divided into series of Asanas:
- Primary Series – Yoga Chikitsa Yoha Therapy
- Intermediate Series – Nadi Sodhana Strengthening of the Nervous System
- Advanced Series – Sthira Bhaga (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th series) Establishment of Beauty and Grace.
Chants are traditionally sung at the beginning and the end of the practice. View more >